Desperate Housewives is coming to a close and the women on Wisteria Lane will be moving into new areas of entertainment. Actress Vanessa Williams recently sat down with Parade to talk about her plans after the hot show and what she does during her spare time.

On Desperate Housewives and the upcoming series finale.

"Unfortunately, that show's going too, but at least we had a forewarning. They've been doing it for eight years, I'm just happy to be able to jump on the last two. It's been wonderful. We still have another seven episodes to shoot, so we don't finish until the end of April. The mood on set hasn't been too sad because we still have a tremendous amount of work to do, but I'm sure after eight years it's going to get kind of teary toward the end."

Plans after Wisteria Lane.

"I've got at holding deal with ABC, so we'll see what new projects they might have that could be right for me. I'll also try to sneak in some theater in between and work on a new album. I've got a book coming out April 17, which I wrote with my mother, so I'm sure I'll be busy with that as well."

Her new album?

"I literally just was in the studio last night putting down some ideas, so we're in the very beginning stages. I can't tell you whether it's going to be musical theater or jazz or R&B, but we're coming up with a concept now. I'm just excited to be back in the studio."

Motherhood and free time.

"I'm literally driving my 11-year-old to school and bringing snacks to soccer games and going to her swim meets, so there's not much down time. But if I was away on vacation, my first stop would probably be to a spa to get a nice massage and relax!"

Photo shows Vanessa with her youngest daugter(courstesy of



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